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Wednesday's ruling that communications between GM and its outside counsel are privileged documents affirms protections for attorneys to freely advise their clients on confidential settlements, attorneys say. (Credit: AP)

GM Ruling On Atty Docs Shows High Bar For Fraud Exception

A New York federal court ruled Wednesday that communications between General Motors and its outside counsel King & Spalding over ignition switch-related settlements are privileged documents, in a significant decision that attorneys say shows that plaintiffs cannot invoke the crime fraud exception unless they show that a defendant's attorneys actually participated in the alleged fraud. 

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